(Disclaimer: this is not an official licensed Commodore product, but a recording. The Commodore name and logo are the property of C= Holdings B.V.)
As a sign of my gratitude I wanted to let you know that the vinyl will have the gatefold cover + extra artwork for the back of the CD & Vinyl by - you've guessed it by now - the amazing Trevor Storey!
I am very happy to share this fresh artwork Trevor Storey made for the exclusive 7" single included with the €40 & up pledges. It is looking fab...
New artwork & pledges
First 2 Stretch Goals reached + BONUS
NEW : Easter egg 13K Stretch Goal : The Digipack CD will be a DOUBLE DIGIPACK CD containing the original album on one disc and all bonus tracks on a second, extra CD. All 'wallet CD' backers will also receive a 2nd 'wallet bonus CD'.
By popular demand: Artwork t-shirts available -> Just add €20 (t-shirt) or €22 (polo) to your pledge. First quality (Sol's Imperial) shirts & print!
Just add €20 (t-shirt) or €22 (polo) to your pledge. First quality (Sol's Imperial) shirts & print!
(Not available for digital only pledges, as shipment needs to be involved)
REACHED : 12,5K Stretch Goal - two 12" mixes will be added to the Digital release.
REACHED : Stretch Goal : Easter egg 13K : The Digipack CD will be a DOUBLE DIGIPACK CD containing the original album on one disc and all bonus tracks on a second, extra CD. All 'wallet CD' backers will also receive a 2nd 'wallet bonus CD'.
MY GIFT TO YOU : 15K Stretch Goal - Vinyl album sleeve will be gatefold showing new artwork by Trevor Storey
And here it is... All artwork for this project revealed. Enjoy the Wonderfull work by Trevor Storey!
All artwork revealed - Trevor Storey
Welcome to our Kickstarter campaign to release the SID Waves album on Vinyl, CD, Audio Tape & digital download. The album pays tribute to the amazing sound of the vintage 1980s synths and the even more amazing C64 SID synth chip. This is the ultimate 1980s SIDpop album!
(Indeed, apart from writing books like '8-BIT KIDS - Growing Up With The Commodore 64', I'm a musician too.)
The 1980s were a very unique decade when we're talking about music. The synthesizer reached its adult years, and record producers started seeing it as a real instrument. Synthpop bands such as Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, The Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, etc. were very popular, using mainly synthesizers to create their music.
In that same decade the gaming industry reached its adult age as well. Music was a very important part of experiencing gameplay, and one home computer stood out because of its unique synthesizer chip: the C64. The use of the hardware SID chip resulted in sounds and music never heard before.
Hey... Why not combine both?
Well, here's our first SIDPop64 song, 'Navigator / Infiltrator'; turn it up!
SID Waves will be the ultimate 1980s record, using only vintage 1980s synthesizers and the C64 SID synthesizer chip.
One of our SIDStation workstations
Some of the synths we'll be using are the Commodore SID - Yamaha DX-7 - Korg M1 - Roland Juno 106 - Roland Juno 60 - Korg MS 10 - Yamaha SY22 - Casio CZ 5000 - Casio VL-1 - Kawai K4 - Korg X3 - ...
SID Waves will feature eight to ten new and original SIDPop songs. SIDPop is a SYNTHPop subgenre where only vintage 1980s synths ànd the C64 SID synth chip are being used to create the music.
SID Waves is a collaboration between three C64 fans who happen to be musicians and friends. Fascinated by the 1980s and vintage synth sounds, they are the right 8-BIT KIDS for the job!
SID Waves Audio Cassette mockup
Any colo(u)r you like
The songs for SID Waves will be recorded at "analogue quality" digital studios in Ostend and Bruges, Belgium, at 96 kHz/24-bit. This full quality master will be used for the vinyl pressing, audio tape and digital versions of the album. The CD version will feature the 44.1 kHz/16-bit master of SID Waves.
SID Waves will be pressed by Europe's leading vinyl plant responsible for pressing most of the major vinyl releases In Europe.
The White Cabin mastering studio
The artwork for the SID Waves record looks stunning, and is created by visual artist Trevor Storey. Designed, just like the music, to take you back to the 1980s...
SID Waves cover art by Trevor Storey
Trevor has worked in the games industry for almost 30 years with over 100 titles under his belt. These range from AAA products to mobile and retro games. For most of that time he has been a 3D environment builder, UI artist and concept artist but he began life as a 2D artist creating tilesets and 2D animated characters for many games. Some of the titles he has worked on are - Shadowman 1 + 2, NBA Jam, NASCAR14, StarWars, Spongebob, MegaMan, Marvel Heroes, Worms, Alien Breed, Time Monkeys and many more. Recently he has done work for an RPG company Eclipse Phase creating creature and environment art for some of their titles. He has also created concept / poster art and environments for the movies Hellraiser Origins, Death Reserve, Invaded and DASTOR as well as many book and album covers.
Chaos Generator - Pic by Jan Darthet
Meet the band: Chaos Generator. Three friends who love the sound of the C64, happen to be musicians and who are veterans of many previous album releases.
Philippe (l.) is the driving force behind the Bear Cave Studio and his band Northern Sadness. Fascinated by synthesizers and the sound of the 1980s, he will co-produce the album.
Koen (c.) has been fascinated by the C64 and its sounds for ages. He's written the Kickstarter book '8-BIT KIDS - Growing Up With The Commodore 64' and has been the vocalist in synth driven bands like Lost Elegy and Northern Sadness to name but a few.
Chesko (r.) is producer and singer of Der Klinke. He masters the C64 SID Chip from the inside out. Proud owner of a vintage 1980s synths collection, he knows how a synthpop record should sound!
Stretch Goals Part I
If SID Waves goes past its target, we have arranged a set of stretch goals that will happen once these amounts are reached. The more funding we get, the better the package will be for you!
Stretch Goals Part I
REACHED : At 9.75K, each CD & vinyl pledge will come with a cover artwork vinyl sticker. Ideal for your record player or car bumper!
REACHED : At 10K, each vinyl pledge will come with an A4 glossy cover artwork print. Ideal for your 1980s man/women cave!
REACHED : At 12,5K two 12" mixes will be added to the Digital release.
REACHED : Easter egg 13K : The Digipack CD will be a DOUBLE DIGIPACK CD containing the original album on one disc and all bonus tracks on a second, extra CD. All 'wallet CD' backers will also receive a 2nd 'wallet bonus CD'.
MY GIFT TO YOU : the vinyl sleeve will be gatefold. Extra artwork will be made by Trevor Storey for the inside of the recordsleeve.
NEXT : At 17,5K two bonus tracks will be added to the CD and Digital release.
At 20K, each vinyl pledge will come with an A4 glossy cover inside artwork print. Ideal for your 1980s man/women cave!
At 25K two bonus tracks will be added to the CD and Digital release.
At 35K, each package - CD and Vinyl - will come with an exclusive Chaos Generator artwork enamel pin.
By pledging for SID Waves you can rest assured that you will receive a top-notch record both in sound and feel!
12" Artwork by Trevor Storey
7" Artwork by Trover Storey
All artwork revealed - Trevor Storey
I am very happy to share with you this fresh artwork Trevor Storey made for the exclusive 7" single included with the €40, 50, 100 & 500 pledges. It is looking fab...
The single will contain 2 songs exclusively recorded for this 7". A nice little gem!
If we get to the 15K stretch goal, the SID Waves album will have a gatefold sleeve, containing even more, new artwork by Trevor. Thumbs up!
First two stretch goals reached + Bonus!
We love vinyl records. Therefore we see it as VERY important that your record will reach you in MINT condition. Your album will be shipped in a 'MULITWELL 165LP vinyl box' for perfect protection.
figcaption class="px2">Multiwell 165LP for perfect protection
We're also proud to say that we have chosen the CO2 neutral 'GO GREEN' formula by Deutsche Post for a CO2 neutral Track & Trace Mint delivery of your SID Waves LP.
We are delighted to be working with some key partners throughout the campaign ...
A special thanks to C64Audio.com - Home of the last sonic underground and dedicated SID music record label - who has kindly offered all backers a unique album: Digital SIDOLOGIE, a compilation album of C64 remixes from C64Audio.com hand-picked by Chesko, and not related to Marcel Donné's Sidologie/Project Sidologie. The finest C64 tunes for you to discover; free with all pledges! A massive thnx to C64Audio.com!
Fusion Retro Books. A company dedicated to bringing you high quality retro books - a unique selling point of their books is that they include memoirs... Fusion Retro Books have been major supporter of me and my previous projects. Check out their outstanding Retro Books!
AMICOM can be trusted to deliver on their promises and produce a product of the highest possible quality.
Our previous Kickstarter, a top-notch book on the C64 has received some outstanding feedback.
We hope you will support this campaign.
Philippe, Koen & Chesko